I spent time cleaning up my Gmail account today. I noticed that almost every message I looked at was tagged something stupid, like Updates, even though I hadn’t told Gmail to tag my messages. (I actually had to untag every message while adding the tag I actually wanted.) In fact, I don’t remember Gmail notifying me that it wanted to tag my messages for me, let alone asking for permission to do so (there’s that whole opt-in issue from yesterday again).
I get that this isn’t really a big deal (even if I do use tags in Gmail but, y’know, tags I created), but it’s not the first time Gmail has introduced a stupid new feature by applying it to accounts – I still hate the little yellow Important notification. And I know that I have control issues, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable of me to want to control the look and feel of my own damn email account.
I haven’t looked to see if I can turn these things off yet, mostly since I find Gmail’s settings page unhelpful and annoying. I have to assume that such a setting exists, however, because I don’t think Google is that big of an asshole. Maybe I’ll look tomorrow when I’m not so tired. (I actually woke up before my alarm today. Can you believe it?)